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The forum for professional mechanics is hidden from the the topic list. If you are not logged in, or a mechanic member, the mechanic's private forum will not show up. There is no membership fee. The forum is free to professional mechanics (Automotive, HD truck & Equipment, small engine, motorcycle, etc.).

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IN and out of motorcycle shops, turning wrenches, from 1976 to 1990. Did light repair--busted many, many tires on an old Coats 10-10, installed batteries, brakes, and the occasional muffler at Bradley's Spur Service back in Oshkosh, WI from 1976 to 1978. Winters were hell, especially when I had to hook up U-Haul trailers with tap-a-light bulbs and bumper hitches. Bare hands/fingers (for the electricals) in -30 degrees fahrenheit, stiff breeze... You get the picture.

I now keep four cars--my 98 camry (v-6, 5-speed, 235k, original clutch), my wife's 2008 Rav4 she inherited from her mom who passed away in 2015, my oldest daughter's 2002 XLE camry (low miles cream-puff) and my younger daughter's 2003 corolla LE with a starter problem--going. And yeah, most of my stuff is metrics, but I've got a fair amount of of SAE stuff (Craftsman, back when they were made in the USA) in my second-hand Snap-on roll-around. Am I retired? Good question. I do still keep a quart pump-bottle of Fast Orange sitting next to the sink in my front bathroom.

Long-winded, yes, but does any of this count? Oh, yeah, my lower back ain't what it used to be, but then it never really was...